Burlesque cabaret returns
RISQUÉ cabaret returns to Byron Bay on Friday night with the first-ever burlesque performance at the Great Northern Hotel.
Dancers and performers from across the Northern Rivers and around the world are joining Juicy La Rouge show director, Miss Tjintana Matahari, for an extravaganza of contemporary cabaret.
This will include belly dancing and pole dancing that she hopes will become a regular feature at the traditional rock and roll venue.
“I am so excited to have the chance to showcase the amazing talent we have in this region,” she said yesterday, as the flamboyant dancers rehearsed their routines for tonight’s show.
“We also have performers from Brisbane and Paris.
“Some of these girls have danced in some of the big shows, like the Crazy Horse in Paris.”
Solo performer Edda Lampis described the modern revival of burlesque as a ‘redefinition of women as self-identifying sexual beings contesting the social images of how woman should act, look and behave’.
“This return to burlesque is, in a sense, a celebration of who we are as women,” she said.
“It’s got a North Coast flavour and it’s bent and it’s queer. It’s not just one movement, but an exploration of identities.
“It’s about body image and body love.
“This area is so full of beautiful creative people.
“Today’s burlesque is for people who relish getting their boundaries nudged.”
Ms Lampis cites Madonna, Kylie Minogue and even Britney Spears as examples of the wide appeal of contemporary burlesque.
Miss Phoebe Joy, aka Adriana, from Perfect Party People in Lismore, took that one step further.
“We have a saying amongst us: we say never too old, never too sick, and never too late,” she laughed.
International stars Miss Gartner De Lue, Miss Lou Lou and Miss Loita, of Crazy Horse fame, will come together with local starlets to strut their self-empowering feathered stuff.
The girls are calling on punters to get into the spirit of the performance by dressing up themselves.
Ms Matahari said sequins, feathers, corsets and stilettos would be the order of the night, as the DJs took over and performers and audience came together to dance until late. As an added incentive there will be prizes for the best-dressed patrons.